Charlie Gard verdict brings flood of sympathy and anger at 'vile' High Court decision

The court's decision has been greeted by a flood of sympathy and anger

The court verdict has brought a flood of sympathy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Within minutes of the High Court verdict on Charlie Gard, messages of sympathy and anger had poured in from all corners of Britain.

Twitter was awash with support for the parents of Charlie, after the court ruled that doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital can turn his life-support machine off.

The decision goes against the wishes of parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates, even though Charlie suffers from mitochondrial disease, a chronic condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

Charlie's parents said they were "devastated" by the verdict and vowed to appeal, while a loud shout of "no" rang out in court as the verdict was read out.

This sentiment was replicated on social media, with scores of people suggesting the verdict is callous and unnecessary.

Read the most powerful responses here